on 14 July 2015
Despite only receiving this book today I have already thrown it out! I read Flink's account of the 1970 women's singles final at Wimbledon and it contains so many inaccuracies and bias it is just not credible. Having explored it further it is obvious the book seeks to glorify American tennis players! Unbelievable yet believable! What is so sickening is that Evert in the preface says how wonderfully accurate he is! Utter poppycock! Just to focus in on the Court v King match he obviously hadn't reviewed the video before writing this piffle! I have a DVD of the whole match and Court won the first set with a wonderful backhand down the line and not across court as he states - one of many magnificent backhand passes she made. The only problem King had with her knees did not happen until the very end of the first set. when she knew she couldn't win! The bias against Court is outrageous and he is obviously trying to make more of King's career than it obviously was. It has been well documented that American players, led by King and Evert, have done their best to dismiss Court's magnificent record of winning 24 Grand Slams. They have said that the 11 Australian Championships she won were devoid of top players but she could only beat all those that entered. Meanwhile, of course, King could have won more Grand Slams if she wasn't SO busy reorganising tennis as she thought fit! She invoked gamesmanship as Wade, Jones and many others would testify to yet Flink paints her to be a visionary and great champion. It is because of his poor match recall and total bias and favouritism towards American players, in particular Evert, that this book is just not a credible piece of tennis journalism whatsoever. I wish I hadn't wasted time even ordering this book. If I could, I wouldn't give any stars at all.
on 18 June 2012
I am sorry but Djokovic vs Nadal 2011 which I assume the front cover picture is of was not a great tennis match.
There is no way I would buy a book with this picture on the cover therefore and this relatively disappointing baseline slogfest match being vaunted within the book.
The greatest player of all time is Roger Federer and the King of Clay is Rafael Nadal. You really want to sell a book? You put these two on the cover - their "Dream Finals" will sell it.
Or you could feature the two greatest who have won at Wimbledon - ie Federer and earlier Sampras with the most titles. And other great winners like Borg for heaven's sake, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, **Rod Laver** (why not a picture of him on the cover if you can't bring yourself to put Federer on the cover?) Roy Emerson......
Djokovic has had one win at Wimbledon and may never win again. He needs at least 3 wins before he should be featured in this way. There have been amazing matches over dozens of years, yet you feature an uninspired match on the cover with one of the players only ever having won once.
One can only assume you are cashing in on the 2011 sensation of wins that Djokovic had rather than considering what was "a great match at Wimbledon". At a quick glance this book suggests to me it is an eulogy about Wimbledon 2011 final and anything else comes way behind. Forget it.
**** ARE YOU SERIOUS? ****